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What Is The Longest Paved Runway In The World?  
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17278 posts, RR: 46
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14665 times:

Need I say more? Longest runway in the world, paved, so that means something other than Edward's Air Force Base. Cheers thanksalot.


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User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14557 times:

I thought that it was the Kennedy Space center runway at like 15,000 feet.


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User currently offlineCpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14455 times:

Well, I entered "longest paved runway in the world" in the Yahoo! search engine, and came up with two possibilities, according to the articles' authors. The first is the mysterious Area 51 in Nevada, where it's stated the paved runway is five miles long. The second is a 16,076' runway in Uppington, South Africa.

Giving these a run for their money is the new 16,000' runway (16R/34L) at DEN, opened earlier this year.



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User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14441 times:

I did not think Edwards was paved, I thought it was hard desert surface with lines painted on it. See this shot

http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/iams/images/pao/STS1/10060380.jpg



User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14429 times:

Disregard my previous dolt post. Didn't read the question correctly

User currently offlineEDDL From Germany, joined Dec 2002, 738 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14392 times:

Ulyanovsk-Vostochny International Airport (ULY/UWLW), Russia
16404ft (5000m)

EDDL


User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14311 times:

What about the runway of the US base in Nevada called Area 51?

User currently offlineChrisdigo From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 181 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14318 times:

I read on a newspaper when the Shuttle Columbia exploded that the longest runway of the world (its probably paved) was a runway on Eastern Island (Chile) made for the Space Shuttle in case of an emmergency landing.

I could never verify this information. Is that true? And anybody has pictures?

Chris


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9601 posts, RR: 69
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14166 times:
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IPC Mataveri, Chile is "only" 11,000 feet long


User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14020 times:

Upington, South Africa (UTN/FAUP): Runway 17/35 = 16076ft

... but, then again, as EDDL has mentioned, Ulyanovsk's runway is longer...



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6275 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13863 times:

But, as mentioned above, the runway at Groom Lake is some 5 miles long, 27000 feet to be exact. All paved.


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User currently offlineGalvanair777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13795 times:

Longest paved parking lot in the world is The Stevenson Expressway in Chicago around rush hour  Smile


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13693 times:

Re: Longest paved parking lot in the world is The Stevenson Expressway in Chicago around rush hour

No its not, its the M25 (at any time of the day or night).

The runway at Upington was built that long to allow nonstop flights to Europe round the bulge of Africa, during the sanctions era. Then somebody spotted Ilha do Sal and paid somebody huge bucks to build an airport there, so Upington I don't think ever saw nonstop service to Europe. Its a tiny little airport (apart from the runway), I flew in on a 737 and we flew 2/3rds of the way along the runway before landing, and taxied for AGES to the tiny pondok terminal.

[Edited 2003-11-27 14:08:12]

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13620 times:

Hi JGPH1A,

I actually flew in and out of UTN on Dash 8s... that was kinda fun: it seemed like the flight from KIM to UTN took about as long as the taxiing to that little shack AKA the terminal... was a nice flight as well - by pure coincidence I caught the maiden pax flight of Dash 8-300 ZS-NMA...

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13574 times:

Hi Frank,

Dash-8's were after my time - when I went, SA still flew 737-200 from CPT and JNB to UTN daily (it was never full, but the 737 was the smallest plane we had !). Seems to me that since SAX took over, many of the smaller spots don't get as much service as they used to (although some eg Plet now have flights direct to JNB where before there was nothing).

When you went, was the baggage claim still just a tilted shelf that the ground handling guy (there was only one) tipped your bag onto ? Its a cute place though, I had a really nice stay there.


User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13521 times:

I thought it would be the Kennedy space center runway? Not sure of exact length but it's very very long. Space shuttle lands at like 300MPH then rolls out on the runway for about 45 secs-1 minute.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13491 times:

JGPH1A, I actually had a 732 listed in my booking until about a week before the flight (scheduled as JNB-KIM-UTN, then changed to JNB-BFN-UTN), so I was quite lucky with that one...

I think, although I'd have to take a look at the pictures that I took, that the baggage claim consisted of the same one guy putting your bags onto a wooden table in the "terminal" - maybe the shelf was broken...  Big grin ... although the shelf somehow does sound familiar... I'll have to ask the persons I was travelling with... great, I'm just 31 and already I cannot really remember something I saw 9 years ago - sometimes I really feel old..  Big grin

I was always just "in-and-out" of Upington, once on my way to Augrabies and then, about two years later, coming from Namibia - but it looked kinda cute... although I'm not sure if I'd want to live there (no offense, if anyone from Upington is reading this - but I tend to prefer towns that are a bit larger).

A short time after my second visit, they changed the service to J41s (they've got ERJs flying the route 6 days a week now, with a J41 on Saturday) and, for a short time I think they also had a connection from UTN to DUR, but they've cut that again.

At least in that DH8 the runway seemed very wide as well - it looked as if it could take off or land flying at a 90 degree angle of the actual runway heading...



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User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5601 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13244 times:

Years ago I was told by a ferry pilot who frequently worked OAK-SYD that Hickam AFB/HNL International had the longest runway as the fence between them could be dropped giving a 20,000 foot runway when needed. I have no idea if this is true!


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13145 times:

The Space Shuttle runway at the KSC is only 15000 feet long...but it is a staggering 300 feet wide...surely must be amongst the widest runway out there...

Greg



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User currently offlineBillElliott9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 13072 times:

I think Vandenberg AFB CA is the longest in the U.S. Vandy was supposed to be a shuttle launch site prior to the Challenger disaster and remains an alternate landing site.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6275 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 12997 times:

And some never listen, or read. A 15 or 16 thousand foot runway is long in commercial service, just add 11000 feet (another runway) and Groom Lake is the longest paved runway known to man today.


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User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 578 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 12930 times:

ENOUGH ! ! !

OK, most can't hop on a Janet and go measure the runway at Groom Lake themselves, but Dave Bethke of the Houston area has written a neat little webpage on the subject. Here's a quote...

"A place that's shrouded with secrecy tends to breed rumors and legends, often leading to wild exaggerations. While some are nearly impossible to track down, others, like the length of the runways, are fairly easy to document and measure. "

And here's the site on the subject of Groom Lake's runway.....

http://home.houston.rr.com/bethland/runway.html

Enjoy, and does anyone have any pictures of any of the runways longer than Denver's 16,000'er?

SLCPilot



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User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12776 times:

"Space shuttle lands at like 300MPH then rolls out on the runway for about 45 secs-1 minute."

It lands @ 215mph, fastest official landing speed, 300mph would kill the tires.

If only Miramar converted, then SAN would gain 6000feet!  Big grin

I think LAX has a 12600 adn JFK has 14700, I did not know that Groom Lake was paved; how did nobody see ALL the cement trucks going out there when it was built?



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 12635 times:

I only visited UTN once, for a couple of days (I went to Augrabies too - that's an amazing drive, miles and miles of empty) - I don't think I could live there though, it is what in SA would be called doer en gone (meaning the ar$e end of nowhere !).

I remember hearing a rumour once that Upington was one of the alternate landing sites for the Space Shuttle - it would be nice to think that could be true (after all its such a complete waste otherwise). Can anyone confirm/deny ?


User currently offlineSalina Chan From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 123 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12422 times:

Regarding Groom Lake, here are some satellite pictures taken by the Ikonos Satellite - a really great bird!

http://www.fas.org/irp/overhead/groom.htm

For more, go here http://www.spaceimaging.com/ and don't forget to take a look at the "image of the Week" gallery

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Salina Chan
WSSS/EDDF


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